Whilst there are plenty of games planned for release on all platforms this holiday here’s a small selection of the ones for Xbox One that are coming up soon:
Ori and the Blind Forest
Moon Studios incredible looking “metroidvania” platform adventure game is due for release sometime this holiday where you play as Ori, a white guardian spirit who has his mother taken from him the game is the story and his new friend Sein and their quest through the Blind Forest. Extended gameplay video from IGN at Gamescom 2014:
Developer: Moon Studios – Publisher: Microsoft Studios – Release date: Holiday 2014 (2015 for Xbox 360) – Platforms: Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 – Official website
Styx: Master of Shadows
Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements from Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive due out next week on next-generation consoles and PC. Styx is a two century old master thief who is intent on getting to the top of the Tower of Akenash, relying on stealth who wants to get to the top and with that gain the power and riches that go with it, it seems like there is a story of discovery for Styx as well as he learns about his true origins whilst on this heist. Styx looks like it has some interesting gameplay mechanics to go with using the shadows to sneak around and thats really why im interested in it.
Here is a 15 minute gameplay video from E3 2014 to see more:
Developer: Cyanide Games – Publisher: Focus Home – Release date: October 7th – Price: $29.99/£24.99 – Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC – Official website
Spectra 8 Bit Racer
Spectra is a fast paced retro style racing game with a distinctive art style. Featuring 10 unique music tracks procedural levels are generated you must navigate around obstacles and collect points whilst trying to avoid following off the track, a simple premise but one that looks fun and as you get further along the levels the gameplay speeds up to become more frantic requiring more skill to complete. The game is in certification with the XBox team (Via Gateway Interactive’s twitter feed) so hopefully should be out soon.
Developer: Gateway Interactive – Self-published via ID@Xbox – Release date: Coming soon – Platforms: Xbox One (also Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8) – Official website
How to Survive Storm Warning Edition
Following the release for last-gen consoles and PC last year How to Survive makes it way to next-gen in the Storm Warning Edition featuring all the DLC. How To Survive is an isometric zombie survival adventure with two player co-op with your character ending up shipwrecked on an island you must collect the page of the survival guide and find key items such as food, water and shelter to help you survive (!) whilst you try to figure out what’s going on. There are over 100 handmade weapons and tools, 3 characters to choose from with different characteristics and a skill tree to level your characters and adapt to your new surroundings, it also features an interesting sounding challenging mode as well to play with a friend. EKO said via twitter that they are working on certification with Microsoft and Sony so hopefully it should be out soon.
Here’s a short gameplay trailer
Developer: EKO Entertainment – Publisher: 505 Games – Release date: Coming soon – Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4 – Official website
Press Play makers of 2013 platform adventure Max The Curse of Brotherhood announced a side project earlier this year in Project Totem, a puzzle game where you “control two pieces of a totem pole at the same time with the same input, the challenge, the two are not always on the same path!” With couch co-op available too it looks like an interesting game and one that will probably frustrate me considerably but it looks very fun and charming and will tide me over until Press Play’s next major game due for announcement next year.
Comic- Con 2014 gameplay and interview via Gamespot
Developer: Press Play – Publisher: Microsoft Studios – Release date: Holiday 2014 – Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360 – Official website
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
The newest entry in the incredible Geometry Wars series resurrected by Activision as part of their new Sierra branding will be released this holiday period on all major platforms. Some big changes are 3D levels, bosses and a host of multiplayer modes which will be interesting to see how they affect the tried and true Geometry Wars formula perfected with Retro Evolved 2 on XBLA.
Gameplay trailer from PAX Prime:
Developer: Lucid Games – Publisher: Sierra – Release date: Holiday 2014 – Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC – Official website
Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer (for one or two players) built in partnership with the Alaskan Native Community which delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people of the Arctic. You play as either the girl or the fox to complete puzzles using both characters unique skills and abilities across Arctic environments in a game I never thought I would see. The E3 trailer shows a bit about the game and how it looks, it’s coming on 18th November for $14.99 (around £12 or slightly under depending on how generous each platform holder is with exchange rates) and tells the story of Kunuuksaayuka as told by a master Iñupiat storyteller in the spoken Iñupiaq language. It looks fun and I hope to see more before release, I love the idea of the setting though, quite interesting.
Developer: Upper One Games – Self-published via ID@Xbox – Release date: November 18th – Price: $14.99 – Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC – Official website
“#IDARB is a chaotic 8-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game that is as inspired by Bomberman and Smash Bros. as it is by cans of soda, paint-by-number books, and driving five miles faster than the speed limit.”
I didn’t think I could give a better description of #IDARB than the one given on the website, its multiplayer mayhem, looks fun with friends and its good to see Other Ocean developing the game with the community. Its recently gone into certification so will hopefully be out soon.
Gamespot did a very long gameplay video of it which has plenty to show off the game
Developer: Other Ocean Inc – Self-published via ID@Xbox – Release date: Coming soon – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Official website